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District 15

Alder David Ahrens

Alder David Ahrens

Alder David Ahrens

Contact Information

Home Address:

4117 Major Ave.
Madison , WI 53716

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Ahrens’ Updates

Paying Property Taxes and Recycling Holiday Paper

December 18, 2018 3:46 PM

Having Trouble Paying Property Tax?

Are you over 65 and having trouble or are unable to pay property taxes?

If you are at least 65 years old, have assets of less than $30,000 (not including your home) and have an income of less than $47,600 (for one person) can have the city put your property taxes on a "reverse mortgage."

This mortgage would only be payable when your house is sold. There are no application fees, no pre-payment penalties and only a small interest charge that is included in the "reverse mortgage."

You can borrow enough to pay all or part of your taxes and can do so as many years as necessary if your other mortgages and taxes do not exceed more than 70% of the value of your property. For example, your home is assessed at $225,000, you have a mortgage of $100,000 and your taxes are $5,000. You would be able to establish a "reverse mortgage" for many years to come and borrow up to $57,000 to pay your property taxes.

It is important to note that this loan program would have no effect on your Social Security, Medicare, etc.

If you are interested in learning more about the program, contact or call the Treasurer's Office at 261-9661.


Interested in the Common Council?

As you may know, I am not running for re-election. You can file as a candidate for District 15 and collect signatures for nomination papers until January 2. If you are interested, contact me at or the Madison City Clerk at:                 


Recycling Holiday Paper Products:

Wrapping paper that has foil can't be recycled. Ribbons, bows, and twine cannot be recycled. And be sure to empty the gift boxes before recycling the cardboard in the carts because all the plastic straps, plastic clasps, another odds and ends used to secure things inside boxes might not be recyclable.


Christmas Eve Operations – Shortened Hours

On Monday, December 24, the Streets Division will perform regularly scheduled refuse and recycling collection.  The drop-off site will also be open, but for limited hours.

However, the Streets Division hopes to conclude the curbside collection of refuse and recycling by 11 a.m. on December 24.  Residents must have their carts to the curb by 7 a.m. on Monday, December 24. If you place the carts to the curb after 7 a.m., you may miss your collection opportunity and then you may need to wait until your next scheduled pickup day to have the carts emptied.

Christmas Day – Closed   

There will be no refuse, recycling, or large item collection on Tuesday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.  The drop-off sites will also be closed. 

Streets Division Operations for Wednesday, December 26.

Madison residents who normally have their refuse and recycling collected on Tuesdays should instead place their carts to the curb for collection by 7 am on Wednesday, December 26. 

Only residents within the Tuesday district will have their collection of refuse and recycling delayed due to the holiday. 

Refuse and recycling for the Wednesday collection district will also occur on December 26. 

Since the Streets Division will be collecting refuse and recycling from both the Tuesday and Wednesday districts on December 26, it is imperative that residents in these areas place their carts curbside prior to 7 am on that day.  Carts set out late may not be collected by our crews until the next scheduled collection day. 

What to do with all of that cardboard:

Have a good holiday!



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